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Cheese Is As Addictive As Drugs

Cheese. I love it. You love it. Everyone loves it (unless you have a diary intolerance.)

Cheese goes well with everything, and often times you can feel as though you physically cannot stop eating it. And as it turns out, there may be a reason for that.

Scientists have found that cheese is actually as addictive as narcotics.

Cheese contains casein (as do all dairy products), which triggers the brain's opioid receptors which are linked to addiction. The same goes for processed foods and fatty foods, but cheese is the highest ranked on the addiction scale. Foods with a higher fat content are linked to addictive-like eating, which is why it can be hard to stop eating junk food.

"[Casomorphins] really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element," says Cameron Wells, a registered dietician. Some experts go so far as to call cheese "dairy crack."

There were two studies conducted, the first one consisted of 120 participants. The second study consisted of 384 participants. 35 foods were presented to determine which items were linked with addictive-type eating. It was found that foods containing cheese, such as pizza, were at the top of the rankings. The casein in the cheese disintegrates during digestion, and sends a surge of casomorphins which are linked to addiction.

Long story short: it's not your fault if you eat that whole brick of cheese. It's a literal addiction.

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